Lafayette man arrested on numerous charges for I-55 deadly crash in Oct. 2023

Since October 2023, Louisiana State Police has conducted an extensive investigation into the series of crashes that occurred during the severe fog event on I-55.

It was a 158-vehicle pile up with seven people who died in the tragic crashes.

Through the investigation, troopers were able to determine that on October 23, 2023, Ronald Britt, 61, of Lafayette was driving a 2022 Freightliner commercial motor vehicle northbound on I-55 in the left lane.

At the same time, a 2018 Cadillac CTS was stopped in the left lane behind several vehicles that were involved in minor crashes. Britt failed to stop, and his big rig hit the rear of the Cadillac.

The driver of the Cadillac, 60-year-old James Fleming, died as a result of the collision. His wife and front seat passenger, 70-year-old Barbara Fleming, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was treated at a local hospital.

Troopers were able to determine that Britt was allegedly driving the truck at unsafe speeds during the limited visibility caused by the fog.

Britt was arrested on March 11 and charged with negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation and other traffic related offenses.

On the morning of March 11, 2024, Britt was booked into the St. John Parish Correctional Center for the active warrant.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.


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